Drilling dispute settled for Colo. wildlife refuge | VailDaily.com

Drilling dispute settled for Colo. wildlife refuge

ALAMOSA, Colorado – A plan to drill exploratory wells on a national wildlife refuge in south-central Colorado is on hold until a new environmental review can be done.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that a settlement filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Denver calls for a new environmental review about drilling on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge.

Environmental groups sued over a 2007 plan to allow Toronto-based Lexam Explorations Inc. to drill two exploratory wells. The groups said the the federal agency failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act when it gave Lexam the go-ahead to drill.

The refuge is about 200 miles southwest of Denver.

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